Madeleine was three when she went missing from a holiday
flat in Portugal
The family of missing
Madeleine McCann have criticised leaflets posted in their home
Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire,
was three when she went missing from a holiday flat in Portugal on 3 May
The fliers are from a group which is
calling for the case to be reopened - but the move has prompted an angry
response from some residents.
The McCanns said the organisation was
not connected to them and its actions could hamper their search.
Resident Patricia Ball explained the
leaflet had stirred up memories still fresh in the minds of the
sent a shiver down my spine," she said. "I did not like it at all, it
had a nasty feel about it.
|Residents in Rothley
have often showed their support for the family
"There is still a candle on the green,
so every time you go into the centre of
Rothley, you pass the candle and
it always reminds you of Madeleine."
The group said it had not delivered a
leaflet to the McCanns' house as they had been given a copy of a similar
The McCanns released a statement
saying they did want to dignify the organisation by giving any response
- but they believed it did not have Madeleine's best interests at heart.
They added they felt that, if
anything, it was hampering efforts to achieve justice on Madeleine's